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Location: Charleston,SC
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

I have a Remington 700sps 7mm-08 with a Leaupold VXIII3.5-10/50mm. I have decided to get a Kimber Montana with a new scope and get rid of my current set up. I hunt primarily white tail and maybe some hogs here in South Carolina. Therefore should I go back with the 7mm-08 because the rifle is so light or should I go with a 270 or 30.06? I won't be hunting Elk or anything larger so trying to buy a rifle for all around use is not necessary which makes me want to adios the thought of a 30.06. My max distance will be 300' but usually shoot 100-200 yards.
Scope. I like Leupold but now want to graduate to high end scope. I will spend up to $2000. I do a lot of early morning and dusk hunting. My shop recommends Shmit & Bender and Zeiss for that price range. They say they never have had a Bender returned and have had just a few Zeiss come back. They told me to stay away from Shawarski (sp) because they have a lot come back.
I just want the best scope for this rifle being that it is soo light.

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Location: Antelope, Ore
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

Welcome aboard.

The rifle seem's to be liked by everybody that has one, I've never seen one. The 7mm-08 is about like the 7x57 so that should be fine. As for a scope, I don't have Leupold's but I doubt you'll get a better scope at any price. I think Leupold make's a 1 3/4 - 6x, maybe it's 1 3/4 to 5x. I just checked, it's a 1 1/2 -5 VX lll. For what your talking, I can't imagine a better scope. Get the Leupold bases and rings too. Those I have. I don't know how much better they are than weaver but they sure look nicer. I also have a set of Control bases and rings on one rifle and like them very well.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Leupold has the best reputation for customer service of anyone. If you have a problem with a Leupold, it won't be a problem for long. They fix it right now, no cost! Once again, you can spend more money on a scope but you'll not buy a better scope than Leupold.

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Location: Deer Woods
Joined: 06/13/2005
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

I think the 7mm.08 is an excellent round for the hunting your doing. The next gun I get will be an 08 so my wife or kids could shoot it. I have a buddy at my job that has an 08 that 100's of deer kils on it. It is potent on deer and hogs and is nice to the shoulder. Stick with the 7mm-08.

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Location: pennsylvania
Joined: 01/27/2007
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

STAY WITH A LEUPOLD, like Don Fisher said you wont find a better scope at any price. the 7mm-08 is an awsome round

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

Go with a Burris 3X9 Ballistic Plex scope and get Leupold rings and bases.

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Location: Nova Scotia
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

If you want to graduate to a high end scope(even though you already have one Yes ) you should look at the Leupold LPS. It is their top of the line scope and is as good in quality as any other scope out there. It is expensive but that does not seem to be a problem. You will not find a better scope. People like to compare top of the line european scopes with the VX-III but the true comparison should be with the LPS.
http://www.leupold.com/products/products_highlights.asp

If you are stuck on the other scopes... fine but you will not improve the quality and certainly not the customer service.

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Location: pennsylvania
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ChesterGolf is right you will not find a better scope then the Leupold LPS series, get one with the 30mm main tube and you got it licked, just because you spend more on a European scope doesnt mean it is better, ive had Swarovski's, Schmitt & Bender, Ziess the Leupold is the best there is, ive even had Burris and always go back to the Leupold.

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Location: Okotoks, Canada
Joined: 03/03/2007
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Decided on rifle but not caliber and scope

Have you thought of the 25-06? 110 gr bullets should be no problem taking down those white tail & hogs. Between the 7mm-08, 270, or the 30-06, I would take the 270. Zeiss sounds like a good pick, however I am not sure you will get much better than the Leupold. I would reccommend getting one with a 50mm obj. Just my 2 cents, which is not much!

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